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Creative iPhone Portraitures


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Tips on taking creative portraits with an iPhone. Presented at Macworld 2014.

Tips on taking creative portraits with an iPhone. Presented at Macworld 2014.

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  • 1. Creative iPhone Portraitures Michael Clawson, Chief Fish, Big Fish Creations #macworld2014 @michaelclawson
  • 2. Challenge yourself to see the world 
 differently everyday . . .
  • 3. Study the beauty of natural form. Learn the secrets. 
 Discover the surprises.
  • 4. Creating beautiful and artistic portraits with your iPhone is something anyone can do with basic knowledge, exploration, 
 and creative chance.
  • 5. Relax your subject 
 so they behave naturally. Build a rapport with them. Sometimes humor works best to break the ice. #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Pre-Shot & Preparation
  • 6. LIVE DEMO #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Pre-Shot & Preparation
  • 7. Posing #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Help your subject find a natural and/or artistic pose. Study portrait poses. Google. Instagram. Etc. Use a book or posing app to suggest a pose to your model. Posing App
  • 8. LIVE DEMO #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Posing
  • 9. Props #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Props can help relax your subject. Distracts them from that “camera in their face.” Helps them focus on something else.
  • 10. LIVE DEMO #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Props
  • 11. Pay attention to the subject and strive to capture that so called “perfect” shot. Shooting #macworld2014 @michaelclawson
  • 12. Shooting #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Experiment with different angles. Try taking a shot from different heights. Try: At the knees. Mid level at the waste. At the shoulders and head. From above. Etc.
  • 13. Shooting #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Rule of Thirds 9-part grid to frame your photo for dramatic impact. Align your subject (or what you want to emphasize on your subject) with the intersection of the gridlines.
  • 14. Shooting #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Close Up Try shooting your subject close-up. Focus on the face,and in particular, the eyes. “The eyes are the windows of the soul.” William Shakespeare
  • 15. LIVE DEMO #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Shooting
  • 16. Accessories #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Lens attachments like Olloclip Telephoto Lens Tripod (Tripod Case Mount) External Lights (LED) Reflectors to bounce light
  • 17. LIVE DEMO #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Accessories
  • 18. Shooting Apps #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Standard iOS 7 Camera App! HDR, Burst Mode, Truetone Flash (5s) Tap focus, AE/AF Lock, filters, non-destructive editing Camera+! Separate Focus and Exposure, plus focus and exposure lock, timer, burst mode, stabilizer, continuous flashlight, Lightbox, LAB, filters, non-destructive editing
  • 19. LIVE DEMO #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Shooting Apps
  • 20. Post Processing #macworld2014 @michaelclawson After you capture your ‘Master Shot’ further enhance the capture with post processing. Post-processing and editing play a major roll in your end result. Before! Camera App Burst Mode After! Facetune App + VSCO CAM App
  • 21. Post Processing Apps #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Facetune! Simple, yet powerful tools for Face Enhancement + Filters and Depth of Field simulation. Camera+! Non-destructive editing with a LAB and Lightbox + Filters VSCO CAM! Powerful, non- destructive editing plus film quality filters. Snapseed! Powerful image editing and effects. Big Lens! Depth of Field simulation app. DSLR aperture simulation. Image Blender! Layer blending and masking. Just a few of my favorites for portrait photography
  • 22. LIVE DEMO #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Post Processing Apps
  • 23. ThankYou Web: Twitter: @michaelclawson Instagram: bigfish Flickr: michaelclawson 500px: bigfish Linkedin: michaelclawson Google+ michaelclawson ! #macworld2014 @michaelclawson Creative iPhone Portraitures - Michael Clawson